A guide to how much cannabis you need to make butter, including how to calculate the THC/CBD content of your weed.
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Assuming you want to make traditional cannabutter, the process is actually quite simple. The first step is to decarboxylate your cannabis, which will activate the THC. You can do this by baking it in an oven at 220 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 minutes. Once your cannabis is decarboxylated, it’s time to start infusing it into the butter.
The Science of Making Butter
Cannabis-infused butter, or “cannabutter”, is one of the most basic ways to make infused cannabis edibles. Cannabutter can be used in any recipe that calls for butter, making it a versatile ingredient for those looking to infuse their favorite recipes with cannabis. So, how much cannabis do you need to make cannabutter?
The Decarboxylation Process
In order to make butter (or oil), you need to decarboxylate your weed first. This is a process of heating the cannabis to remove the carbon dioxide (CO2) gas. The CO2 gas is what makes weed go bad, so removing it allows you to store your weed for longer.
There are two ways to decarboxylate your weed: with an oven or with a stovetop.
1. Preheat your oven to 245 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Spread your ground cannabis evenly on a baking sheet.
3. Bake for 40-60 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes.
4. Let the cannabis cool, then it’s ready to use!
1. Place your ground cannabis in a skillet over low heat.
2. Stir frequently and cook until the cannabis is brown and crumbly, about 15 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and let cool, then it’s ready to use!
The Infusion Process
To make cannabutter, you first need to infuse your butter with THC. This is done by heating the butter and cannabis together to extract the THC into the butter. The process of infusing the butter with THC is called decarboxylation, which is simply the process of heating cannabis to activate its psychoactive properties.
The best way to decarboxylate cannabis is to slowly cook it in an oven at a low temperature for a long period of time. This allows the THC to slowly be released into the butter without damage or loss of potency.
Once your butter has been infused with THC, you can use it in any recipe that calls for regular butter. Just be sure to use cannabutter in smaller quantities than regular butter, as it will be more potent.
Calculating the Amount of Cannabis Needed
The amount of cannabis you need to make butter will depend on how much butter you want to make. A good rule of thumb is to use one ounce of cannabis for every pound of butter. So, if you want to make a pound of butter, you would need to use 16 ounces of cannabis.
Determining the THC Percentage
When calculating the amount of cannabis needed, it is important to first determine the THC percentage of the cannabis you will be using. The higher the THC percentage, the less cannabis you will need. For example, if you are using cannabis with a THC percentage of 10%, you will need twice as much as if you were using cannabis with a THC percentage of 20%. To calculate the amount of THC in your cannabis, use this formula:
THC% x 0.01 x 1,000 = Amount of THC in grams
For example, if your cannabis has a THC percentage of 18%, it contains 180 grams of THC per 1,000 grams (1 kilogram) of cannabis. Therefore, to make 1 gram of cannabutter with 18% THC cannabis, you would need 0.180 grams or “18 hundredths” of a gram.
Determining the Desired THC Dosage
In order to calculate how much cannabis you need to make butter, you need to first determine the desired THC dosage. For this recipe, we are going to assume that you want each tablespoon of butter to contain approximately 10mg of THC.
Now that you know the desired THC dosage, you need to determine the potency of the cannabis you will be using. For this recipe, we are going to assume that your cannabis has a THC potency of 10%.
With these two pieces of information, we can now calculate how much cannabis you need to use. To do this, we need to convert the THC percentage into milligrams per gram (mg/g). This can be done by multiplying the THC percentage by 10 (10% x 10 = 100mg/g).
Now that we know the THC potency of the cannabis in mg/g, we can multiply this by the number of grams needed to achieve our desired dosage. In this case, we need 1 gram of cannabis for every 100mg of THC (1g x 100mg/g = 100mg). Therefore, we need 10 grams of cannabis to make our butter with a desired dosage of 10mg per tablespoon.
In conclusion, the amount of cannabis you need to make butter will vary depending on your personal preferences. If you want to make a small batch of butter, you can use as little as one ounce of cannabis. However, if you want to make a large batch of butter, you may need to use up to eight ounces of cannabis. Keep in mind that the strength of your butter will also depend on the quality and potency of the cannabis you use.